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SONNET XII.

1 W*, whose dear friendship in the dawning years
2 Of undesigning Childhood first began,
3 Through Youth's gay morn with even tenor ran,
4 My noon conducted, and my evening cheers,
5 Rightly dost thou, in whom combin'd appears
6 Whate'er for Public Life completes the Man,
7 With active Zeal strike out a larger plan,
8 No useless friend to Senators and Peers:
9 Me moderate talents and a small estate
10 Fit for Retirement's unambitious shade,
11 Nor envy I who near approach the throne;
12 But joyful see thee mingle with the Great,
13 See thy deserts with due distinction paid,
14 And praise thy lot, contented with my own.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET XII.
    Themes: retirement; friendship; ambition
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 23555

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 333. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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